Our Musical Director
Musical Director - David Hatton MMus FRSM ATCL
Warrant Officer Class 1 (Bandmaster) David Hatton is a conductor, band trainer and cornet player who has built up brass and wind band experience over the past 32 years. David began his military service in 1999, attending the Royal Military School of Music (RMSM), Kneller Hall, continuing on to a career within The Royal Corps of Army Music (RCAM) spanning 24 years. David has performed extensively across Europe, Scandinavia and worldwide including the Falkland Islands, Canada, Brunei, Kosovo and Afghanistan.
In 2013, he was selected to attend the prestigious Music Direction Course at RMSM. Upon completion he gained a Licentiate of the Royal School of Music in Music Direction and was assigned as Bandmaster of the Band of the Royal Corps of Signals in 2014, and went onto complete a Master’s Degree in Symphonic Wind / Brass Band Direction with the London College of Music. In 2017, David was assigned as Bandmaster of the Band of the Welsh Guards, performing on State Ceremonial and Public Duties including Changing of the Guard, Windsor Support Guard, Trooping the Colour and State Opening of Parliament. In 2020 he successfully completed a Fellowship of the Royal School of Music in Military Band Direction.
After a brief tour as Training Design Warrant Officer at RMSM, David was appointed Officer Commanding and Bandmaster, Band of the Prince of Wales, and more recently in 2022, was appointed Corps Bandmaster, working in assurance of Army bands, RCAM policy and assists in the training of Student Bandmasters. In late 2022, David was successful in his application to commission as a Late Entry Army Officer and will subsequently take up appointment as Corps Sergeant Major in 2023.
David has spent his career playing in and conducting various brass bands around the country. His general interests are CrossFit, cycling and of course, brass band! He is married to Tanya, an 8-year-old son, Maxim, and a crazy Cocker Spaniel called Alfie.